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About Brantridge School

Brantridge is a special school, catering for boys with Social Emotional and Mental Health difficulties, Autistic Spectrum (ASC), including those with Asperger’s Syndrome and those with a diagnosis of ADHD and associated learning difficulties. Most pupils have also exhibited challenging behaviour in their previous schools.

The school occupies an impressive set of buildings, built in the English Country House tradition, set in the Sussex Weald, an area of outstanding natural beauty, between the towns of Crawley and Haywards Heath. Brighton and the Sussex Downs are close by. Brantridge is well placed to draw upon a wide range of leisure, recreational and educational facilities, having easy access to facilities between the Sussex Coast and London.

Statement of Principles and Practice

The main aim of the school is to help each pupil fulfil his potential and position him for life by giving him his full entitlement to the national Curriculum. The school seeks to promote high personal standards of work and behaviour. Emphasis is placed on improving each pupil’s self-esteem, self image and confidence.

Staff strive to provide a stimulating, structured and nurturing environment. Expectations for each child are high, realistic and achievable. Full consideration is given to their individual needs, stage of development and experiences.

The school places a high value on the importance of working closely with the child, his family and/or carers, referring authority and other agencies. Health and emotional well-being are promoted throughout the curriculum and are integral to improving outcomes.

The school’s ethos incorporates principles of structure, continuity and security within which the pupil will be able to maximize his personal, social and educational development.

We recognize the importance of motivating the individual to value academic success and to feel positive about relationships. To this end the school uses an inclusive approach with an emphasis on personalised educational strategies as well as a blended therapeutic approach to improve social communication.

Our Academies

This is a very exciting and pivotal moment in the lives of St Dominic’s, Brantridge and Grafham Grange schools.  Academy conversion under the sponsorship of Orchard Hill College Academy Trust will help secure their futures and, no doubt, lead to better outcomes for pupils and students, families and carers, staff and all stakeholders.

Ken Cowdery, Chair of Governors

Latest News

Farewell to our CEO, Dr Caroline Allen

Alongside the end-of-year festivities across OHC&AT celebrating students’ and pupils’ achievements, we’ve been holding special celebrations to say farewell to our CEO, Dr Caroline Allen, who retires in August.   Students and pupils at each school and college centre planned …

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Deputy CEO appointed

The OHC&AT Board of Directors and some of our pupils, students and staff carried out a competitive Executive Head Teacher/Deputy CEO recruitment and selection process in May. We are delighted to announce that Laurie Cornwell has been appointed to the …

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Safeguarding and Well-being Conference

On 20th June 2019 Orchard Hill College Academy Trust held our first ever Safeguarding and Well-being Conference. It was opened by Dr Caroline Allen, CEO, who gave an account of the benefits of resilience, and some of the developments in …

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Rugby Festival at The Stoop

Students from Carew Academy, Nightingale Academy and St Philip’s School took part in a mixed ability rugby day at The Stoop pitch, home of the Harlequins rugby team. The event was designed to increase participation and make the game more …

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